Miaochan Zhi

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We introduce a hybrid technique that combines the robustness of frequency-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) with the advantages of time-resolved CARS spectroscopy. Instantaneous coherent broadband excitation of several characteristic molecular vibrations and the subsequent probing of these vibrations by an optimally shaped time-delayed(More)
We demonstrate broadband light generation in diamond pumped by two-color femtosecond laser pulses. We find that phase matching plays a critical role in the output angle and frequency of the generated sidebands. When a third femtosecond probe pulse is applied to the crystal in the boxed Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering geometry, a two-dimensional array(More)
We demonstrate broadband light generation by focusing two-color ultrashort laser pulses into a Raman-active crystal, lead tungstate (PbWO(4)). As many as 20 anti-Stokes and 2 Stokes fields are generated due to strong near-resonant excitation of a Raman transition. The generated spectrum extends from the infrared, through the visible region, to the(More)
We report pulse-shaper-assisted phase control of a broad spectrum, aiming to synthesize nonsinusoidal waveforms. We first generate multiple-order coherent Raman sidebands by focusing two laser beams into a piece of diamond. Then we combine five sidebands into a single beam by using a prism. Our setup allows for both coarse, manual phase adjustments and fine(More)
We develop a technique for optimizing the phase of broad spectrally-separated frequency sidebands-a "holey" spectrum. We use a source of multiple-order coherent Raman sidebands, obtained by crossing femtosecond pump and Stokes beams in synthetic single-crystal diamond. We combine the sidebands into a single beam and show the phase coherence among the(More)
We use time-resolved coherent Raman spectroscopy to obtain molecule-specific signals from dipicolinic acid (DPA), which is a marker molecule for bacterial spores. We use femtosecond laser pulses in both visible and UV spectral regions and compare experimental results with theoretical predictions. By exciting vibrational coherence on more than one mode(More)
We have generated multi-color optical vortices in a Raman-active crystal PbWO4 using two-color Fourier-transform limited femtosecond laser pulses. This setup overcomes some of the limitation of our previous research by allowing for the production of subcycle femtosecond optical vortices without the need for compensating for added chirp. In addition, the use(More)
Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary biology are well known, but his contributions to genetics are much less known. His main contribution was the collection of a tremendous amount of genetic data, and an attempt to provide a theoretical framework for its interpretation. Darwin clearly described almost all genetic phenomena of fundamental importance, such(More)
An octave-spanning coherent supercontinuum is generated by non-collinear Raman-assisted four-wave mixing in single-crystal diamond using 7.7 fs laser pulses that have been chirped to about 420 fs in duration. The use of ultrabroad bandwidth pulses as input results in substantial overlap of the generated spectrum of the anti-Stokes sidebands, creating a(More)
Coherent Raman sidebands have the potential to serve as a source of single cycle pulses. We generate these sidebands by crossing two-color femtosecond laser pulses in a Raman-active crystal. We design a reflection scheme using spherical mirrors to combine coherent Raman sidebands. The sidebands and the driving pulses are refocused back to the Raman crystal(More)